Alternative report. Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the Russian Federation: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the Russian Federation: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Submitted for the 111 session of the Human Rights Committee, Geneva, Switzerland. The submission covers six main problems affected LGBT communities and LGBT human rights defenders in Russia, namely: (1) violence against LGBT persons and LGBT human rights defenders; (2) hate speech and manifestations of intolerance and prejudice by public officials, religious leaders and in the media; (3) infringement of the right to freedom of assembly and association; (4) legislation prohibiting so-called “homosexual propaganda”, its implementation and effects; (5) problems in legal recognition of transgender persons’ gender identity; and (6) persecution of LGBT and anti-discrimination activists under the law on “foreign agents.”

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